- Showcase Projects
- Corporate Partners
- Ascension Health - Saint Thomas Hospital
- Cleveland Clinic Foundation - Tomsich Pathology Laboratories
- Forest City Enterprises - Redondo Beach, CA - South Bay Galleria
- HEI Hotels & Resorts - Marriott La Jolla
- IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) - Holiday Inn Express
- Jones Lang LaSalle - Moscone Convention Center
- Kohl’s - Warren, OH - 10244 Niles
- Lend Lease - Atlantic Marine Corps Communities
- Macy's - Metro Center
- Parmenter Realty Partners - Brookhollow Central I
- PNC Bank Branch – Davie Blvd. & Andrews
- Prologis - Pier 1 Energy Efficiency Upgrade
- Shorenstein - Palisades Office Park
- Staples - Staples Coppell Fulfillment Center #4961
- TIAA-CREF - 811 Barton Springs Road
- The Tower Companies - The Millennium Building
- TRANSWESTERN - 815 Connecticut Avenue
- TRANSWESTERN - Pennzoil Place
- Walgreens - NET ZERO ENERGY RETAIL STORE
- Walgreens Co. - Walgreens Retail Pharmacy
- Wyndham Worldwide – Super 8 Ukiah Hotel
- Wyndham Worldwide - Philadelphia-Mount Laurel
- State and Municipal Partners
- Arlington Central Library - Arlington County
- City of Atlanta - Boisfeuillet Jones - Atlanta Civic Center
- City of Beaverton - Beaverton City Library
- City of Chicago - John G. Shedd Aquarium
- City of Chicago - Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
- City of Cleveland - Fire Station 1
- State of Delaware - Carvel State Office Building
- District of Columbia - Hotel Monaco, DC
- El Paso, TX - El Paso International Airport
- City of Hillsboro - Shute Park Library Remodel
- City of Houston - The Rose Energy Upgrades
- State of Iowa - Simpson College
- City of Knoxville - Knoxville Convention Center
- City of Los Angeles, CA - Advance Paper Box – Energy Upgrade Project
- City of Los Angeles - Los Angeles Central Library
- State of Maryland - Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Headquarters
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Hogan/Wrentham
- City of Medford - LoConte Ice Rink Low-e Ceiling
- City of Milwaukee - Central Library
- State of North Carolina - Randolph Community College
- State of North Carolina - UNC Wilmington Performance Contract #2
- City of Roanoke, VA - Roanoke Civic Center
- City of Seattle, WA - EMP Museum
- Educational Partners
- Allegheny College - Richard J. Cook Center for Environmental Science
- Camas School District - Lacamas Heights Elementary Modernization
- Douglas County School District - Gardnerville Elementary School Modernization
- Dysart Unified School District - Kingswood Elementary School
- Fort Atkinson School District - Luther Elementary
- Kentucky Community and Technical College System - Bluegrass Community & Technical College Classroom Building
- State of Maryland: University of Maryland College Park
- Michigan State University - Anthony Hall
- Portland Public Schools - Benson Polytechnic High School
- Poudre School District - Poudre High School Infrastructure Replacement
- UC Irvine - Smart Labs Initiative/Natural Sciences II
- University of Utah - Dumke Health Professions Education Building HVAC System Upgrades
- Industrial Partners
- 3M Corporation - Laboratory Building 236 Ventilation Upgrade
- Alcoa - Aluminum Recycling Facility
- Briggs and Stratton Corporation - Power Regeneration System
- Cummins Inc. - Jamestown Engine Plant
- J.R. Simplot Company - New Potato Processing Plant
- Legrand/Wiremold Headquarters Building
- Nissan - New Paint Plant
- Saint-Gobain - Milford Compressed Air System Improvement
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Recent Program News
January 29, 2014
The U.S. Department of Energy is recognizing the city of Los Angeles for its leadership in the Better Buildings Challenge. Los Angeles has pledged to reduce the energy intensity for 30 million square feet of city-owned and private buildings by 20 percent by 2020. One of the city’s biggest energy efficiency wins is the historic Central Library, an icon in downtown Los Angeles since 1926. Through the Challenge, Los Angeles has retrofitted the library, including replacing an aging roof with a cool roof, updating the HVAC system and replacing old lighting with new, energy-efficient bulbs.
December 3, 2013
The U.S. Departments of Energy and Housing and Urban Development today expanded the Better Buildings Challenge to multifamily housing and launched the Better Buildings Accelerators to support state- and local government-led efforts to cut energy waste and eliminate market and technical barriers to greater building efficiency. Fifty multifamily housing leaders from across the United States have committed through the Better Buildings Challenge to cut their energy use by 20 percent in ten years. The Department of Energy also introduced three new Better Buildings Accelerators to bring together state and local governments, utilities, and manufacturers to develop cost-effective, creative solutions for building energy efficiency.
- U.S. Department of Energy Press Release
- Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Residential Housing Partners
- Better Buildings Accelerator Partners
- Department of Energy Blog
- Institute for Market Transformation Blog Post
November 22, 2013
Through the Better Plants Challenge, Alcoa has demonstrated leadership by setting an ambitious goal to reduce the energy intensity of 29 of its plants by 25 percent by 2020 and sharing strategies and best practices to help other U.S. companies improve their energy efficiency. U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Danielson joined officials from Alcoa to tour the company’s Cleveland facility and its recent energy efficiency improvements. In addition, Alcoa and steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal are co-hosting an energy efficiency training program at their Cleveland plants this week for staff at both companies. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, this hands-on technical training will further help plant staff identify new opportunities that reduce energy use and save money.
November 6, 2013
The Department of Energy is recognizing the city of Milwaukee, Wis. for its leadership in energy efficiency. As part of the Better Buildings Challenge, Milwaukee has retrofitted the Milwaukee Central Library, including surveying and repairing dozens of steam traps in the basement to help cut energy waste and replacing old lighting with new, energy-efficient bulbs throughout the building. As a result of these upgrades, the Milwaukee Central Library is on track to save about $47,000 in energy costs per year.
- U.S. Department of Energy Press Release
- Central Library Showcase Project
- Sample Media Coverage: CBS Milwaukee Local News Report, Urban Milwaukee News Article, The Business Journal News Article
September 25, 2013
Better Plants Partners are being recognized at the World Energy Engineering Congress in Washington, D.C. and praised for their energy efficiency efforts. Accomplishments across the Better Plants Program are summarized in the Department of Energy's Better Plants Progress Update - Fall 2013. Additionally, 13 companies have stepped up to the Better Plants Challenge, which is the industrial component of the Better Buildings Challenge.
June 25, 2013
President Obama's Climate Action Plan announces an expansion to the Better Buildings Challenge to include multifamily housing. The Department of Energy, working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will partner with leading private and affordable buildings owners and public housing agencies to cut energy waste.
May 22, 2013
The Department of Energy is recognizing its Better Buildings Challenge Partners and Allies for the first year's progress, which shows they are on track to meet President Obama's goal to reduce by 20% the energy intensity in the commercial and industrial sectors by 2020. The recently released Progress Update – Spring 2013 summarizes the significant energy efficiency gains being made by the market leaders who have taken the Better Buildings Challenge.
April 17, 2013
The Department of Energy is touring Nissan’s Better Buildings Challenge showcase facility in Smyrna, TN to recognize the cost savings possible for manufacturing facilities that adopt energy efficiency measures and upgrades. Nissan’s Smyrna paint plant opened on Jan. 22, 2013 and is projected to cut energy use by almost a third compared to its predecessor.
February 21, 2013
Johnson Controls, Macy’s, and Sprint are the latest Partners to join the Better Buildings Challenge. These organizations are committing to reduce energy in more than 200 million square feet of commercial space combined.
December 6, 2012
More than 60 Better Buildings Challenge Partners and Allies met with Senior Administration and Department of Energy officials in Washington D.C. to discuss progress of the Better Buildings Initiative and share the broad array of implementation models and solutions offered by Better Buildings Challenge Partners in the program’s first year. Round table sessions also provided a forum for discussion and learning among business leaders on a wide range of cross market activities.
At the event, the Department of Energy released the 2012 Better Buildings Progress Report, which provides an update of the key strategies the Administration is using to overcome the barriers to energy efficiency, highlights the success of leading organizations in the Better Buildings Challenge, and shares the future plans for Better Buildings—providing a framework for meeting the goal of 20 percent savings by 2020.
May 25, 2012
City, Atlanta Gas Light Mark Achievements of Civic Center as part of the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge.
May 16, 2012
Legrand Achieves Over 20 Percent Energy-Intensity Reduction in Presidential Challenge.
December 2, 2011
We Can't Wait: President Obama Announces Nearly $4 Billion Investment in Energy Upgrades to Public and Private Buildings and launches the Better Buildings Challenge.
September 21, 2011
President Obama discusses Better Buildings Challenge at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.
July 24, 2011
Mayors Discuss Creating Jobs with the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
June 30, 2011
Obama Administration Announces 14 Initial Partners in the Better Buildings Challenge
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